Pete Evans is a major backer of the popular Paleo diet - and I have to plead ignorance, I dont know that much about it.
It is described as essentially based on the foods that human ancient ancestors were likely to have eaten. Meat, fish, fruit and vegetables and plants ... while eshewing processed foods, beans, grains, sugar and dairy. (this article is not a bad summary about what the paleo diet includes)
It works for many, who swear by it - and that is fine.
When it comes to promoting these kinds of things for toddlers though - I am much more wary.
Celebrity chef and paleo-diet advocate Pete Evans is forging ahead with the digital publication of his controversial baby recipe book, despite the book being dropped by publishers after public health experts labelled it potentially deadly.
Publisher Pan Macmillan has announced it will not be releasing the book for children, but Evans has vowed to publish it himself.
Evans is a longtime advocate of the paleo diet, as is Carr. Her website said paleo healed what she wrote was her young son's "compromised immune system, reverse toxicity and illness".
One of her recipes for a "homemade formula" for infants up to six months of age is called the "Baby Building Broth". It is made using chicken bones, chicken feet and apple cider vinegar.
Professor Heather Yeatman from the Public Health Association said some of the recipes were potentially dangerous for infants.
"There appears to be recommendations not to use either breast milk or an approved infant formula, but to provide other foods to infants under six months of age and that really is a big health risk," Professor Yeatman said.
"There's been discussion about a beef broth with mashed up liver as part of a recipe. Now something like that might be appropriate for an older child, but under six months of age, really the best option [is] breast milk."
Rebecca Naylor from the Australian Breastfeeding Association said parents should follow tested feeding guidelines for their children.
there is a lot of "appears to be" ... "there's been discussion about xxx as part of a recipe" and the like - seems to be quite a lot of trumped up stuff
so its hard to say truthfully what is included and whether or not its appropriate
But ANY book providing recipes for toddler formula and talking about replacing breast milk is a major concern
What do you think?